The National Program for Sustainable Irrigation (NPSI) invested in research into and adoption of sustainable irrigation practices.
The NPSI program collaborated with government and primary producer bodies and has been responsible for improved irrigation scheduling and application techniques. The program finished in June 2012. For many irrigators this has resulted in reduction of 40% or more of their water use over the last 20 years without loss of production.
The program is researching ways of coping with:
- water scarcity
- salinity and other soil factors
- irrigation and nutritional requirements
- biodiversity and production
- plant physiology and water requirements
- the economics of irrigation
Beneficiaries have included a range of irrigation enterprises including rice, grain, cotton, vegetables, tree fruits, nuts, grapes, sugar, dairying and livestock. These irrigated industries account for more than a third of the nation’s total gross value of agricultural production, so are significant to Australia’s economy.
The NPSI program is a partnership of the:
- Australian Government Department of the Sustainability, Environmetn, Water, Population and Community
- Water, Heritage and the Arts
- Cotton Research & Development Corporation
- Gascoyne Water Co-operative
- Goulburn-Murray Rural Water Corporation
- Grains Research & Development Corporation
- Harvey Water
- Horticulture Australia Limited
- Lower Murray Water
- Ord Irrigation Co-operative
- SA Research and Development Institute
- Sugar Research & Development Corporation
- WA Department of Water
- Land & Water Australia (managing partner up until June 2009)
For more information about the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation, please contact Cotton Research & Development Corporation.